Federal authorities in Chicago have arrested
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and they've accused him of
attempting to benefit financially from his position to appoint
Barack Obama's Senate replacement.
U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Randall Samborn says both
Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested
Authorities say they've also accused Blagojevich of threatening
to withhold state assistance to the Tribune Co. in connection with
the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of editorial board
members who have been critical of the governor.
A federal official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The
Associated Press that the allegations include that the governor
took money from at least one individual in connection with naming a
successor for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Obama. The
official declined to be named publicly because the investigation
was still under way.
Blagojevich is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire
fraud and solicitation of bribery.
Federal agents are in Blagojevich's office in the Thompson
Center in downtown Chicago.
The governor has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.